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Integrating Fatigue Risk Management into an Airline's Safety Management System

Stewart, Simon; Koornneef, Floor and Akselsson, Roland LU (2012) PSAM11 & ESREL 2012; The 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 In Proceedings of the 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 and ESREL 2012) p.5102-5111
Abstract
The evolution of a system for the management of fatigue-related risks in airline and maintenance operations is at present a contentious issue. The aspirations for the integration of fatigue risk management processes into existing Safety Management System (SMS) guidelines need to be placed in the realities of the present economic and commercial environment – they therefore need to exhibit relevance and demonstrate cost effectiveness if they are to survive the commercial scrutiny of operators worldwide. Some operators (e.g. easyJet, Air New Zealand, DHL) have already faced the task of making FRMS (Fatigue Risk Management System) relevant to the operation. A recognized and accredited FRMS conversely allows an operator an exemption from the... (More)
The evolution of a system for the management of fatigue-related risks in airline and maintenance operations is at present a contentious issue. The aspirations for the integration of fatigue risk management processes into existing Safety Management System (SMS) guidelines need to be placed in the realities of the present economic and commercial environment – they therefore need to exhibit relevance and demonstrate cost effectiveness if they are to survive the commercial scrutiny of operators worldwide. Some operators (e.g. easyJet, Air New Zealand, DHL) have already faced the task of making FRMS (Fatigue Risk Management System) relevant to the operation. A recognized and accredited FRMS conversely allows an operator an exemption from the rigid FTL (Flight Time Limitations) rule sets and the flexibility to introduce safe and commercially beneficial rostering solutions. The key to application of an FRMS is defining the relationship between prescriptive FTL and FRMS for an operator that shows benefits over adherence in whole or part to prescriptive FTL. The principle that needs to be debated should be that the rigidity and scope of an operator’s prescriptive FTL requirements are proportionate to the credibility of their FRMS. This paper describes the development and implementation of a Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS) in a major airline in Europe with a focus on management of fatigue-related risks. The FRMS example focuses on the principles of SMS by employing both Risk Management System (RMS) and Safety Assurance (SA) processes to support evidence-based crew scheduling practices, allowing the identification of structural factors related to consistency and standardisation and performance. This work has been realised as a part of an EU integrated project HILAS (Human Integration into the Lifecycle of Aviation Systems). In the development of the FRMS, the HILAS SMS working group adhered to the principles of Organisational Learning and Resilient Safety Culture. (Less)
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global forum, knowledge sharing, intra- and inter-organisational learning, fatigue risk management
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PSAM11 & ESREL 2012; The 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012
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  author       = {Stewart, Simon and Koornneef, Floor and Akselsson, Roland},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of the 11th International Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference and the Annual European Safety and Reliability Conference 2012 (PSAM11 and ESREL 2012)},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {5102--5111},
  title        = {Integrating Fatigue Risk Management into an Airline's Safety Management System},
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